Tunabunny: Kingdom Technology  CD/LP   (HHBTM Records)

Release date: March 11, 2014






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Bio: Kingdom Technology is the sound a satellite makes as it revolves around the earth. It’s the sound of falling in love with your eavesdropper.

For a band that’s already created quite a stir over the past several years, always moving forward, always learning, always searching, four albums in four years has brought Tunabunny here—a record so audacious it suggests the band can do anything.

If Brigette Herron & Mary Jane Hassell are, as some UK critics have called them, ‘the female Lennon/McCartney,’ then Kingdom Technology is Tunabunny’s Revolver, fourteen songs rooted in the intersection between pop and the avant-garde, a kaleidoscope of sound anchored in melody—or is it a series of great songs being ripped apart and destroyed?

The record is coated in ecstasy & death. It charges into the unknown, terrified and inflamed, anthemic & broken, empty & yearning, isolated & alive. You can dance to it or you can die to it. You can grieve to it or fall in love to it.

Recorded in the band’s living rooms by drummer Jesse Stinnard on a slightly-damaged $2500 sound input device fished out of a University of Georgia dumpster by local artist Ted Kuhn, KT may be the first digitally-recorded album to retain the mysteries of lo-fi and analogue tape. Stinnard achieved this by foregrounding the electronic glitches and manipulations of sound, while utilizing a mix of natural warmth and artificial effects.

The lyrics are a mix of poetry & slogans, razors & ointment, songs about asylums both loving & sinister. It’s about no one in the station to stop the glitch, to prevent the breakdown, delineations of power, both personal & political—what does it mean to be strong?

It’s the missing link between Shulamith Firestone and Kylie Minogue.

A triumph, majestic in its power, Kingdom Technology leaves everything they’ve done to this point in the dust. It makes theories about the demise of the album just seem quaint. They no longer sound like anyone except for themselves. At play in a universe of sound, Kingdom Technology runs the gamut from Abba to Alvin Lucier without even leaving the backyard.

Here’s some of what they said about the last album:

‘I've spent over a year with this record and it never ceases to continue to surprise and amaze me. It's difficult in places, challenging, beautiful, rewarding, and like most great pieces of art, will never be fully appreciated in its own time.’ - Three Imaginary Girls

‘Genius Fatigue is one of those records that demands to be listened to repeatedly. You have been warned.’ - Drowned In Sound

‘Tunabunny just keeps getting better and better.’ - The Big Takeover

‘Genius Fatigue is a swirling mix of handsome vocals and urgent guitar lines that buries itself in your head.’ - Gold Flake Paint

‘Tunabunny make a noise that is both liberating and fascinating.’ - Allmusic

‘Tunabunny makes skuzzy, effervescent basement pop…you’ll likely want to be friends with them too.’ - NPR

‘Pick up a guitar, a pen, a clue. Five Stars.’ - The Girls Are

‘By the end of 2013, Tunabunny will be on the cover of the seven publications you’ve heard of, and the other five will have closed down because they didn’t get in fast enough.’ - Everett True, Collapse Board.

‘We need a band to lead the revolution. Maybe, just maybe, Tunabunny are the band to lead the way.’ - The Line of Best Fit

If the last one was a masterpiece, what the hell are they going to say about this one? Forget about the hype, forget about promotion, this record has the potential to change your life. With their fourth album, Tunabunny have made good on every promise they ever made. 20 days from now, or 20 years from now, Kingdom Technology will be recognized as a classic.